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110                               LIFE  OF
French capital, which had, since 1804, been to him a
second home, abounding in friends and in agreeable
reminiscences., and opportunities for study. But he
found the same also in Berlin. At his first arrival, he
met Ifresherr von Stein, who had come to Berlin on a
lengthened visit, intended partly for the Humboldts.
In May, A. "W". von Schlegel arrived on a visit to his
friends, after an absence of twenty years, for lie had,
through the exertions of William voix Humboldt, been
appointed professor at the then commencing unive^r
sity of Bonn ; and his presence was rendered parti-
cularly interesting by his public lectures on the theory
and history of plastic arts, which were delivered before a
select audience. All these individualities exercised a
beneficial influence on Alexander., and induced him to
deliver a public lecture to the Academy of Science,
on his favourite subject, the varieties of temperature
on the earth.
But in July of the same year the two affectionate
brothers had to separate again, and this time the reason
•was a sad one. William accompanied his wife, who
had been ill for several years, to Gastein, as the bath
had benefited her the previous year, and he could not
bear to leave her in the then, delicate state of her
health. He cherished the hope also of meeting Ms
friend Gentz there. The bath operated beneficially,
.and they returned to one of their estates towards
the end of August, and to Tegel in October. But
William did not remain long in his beautiful little
castle, as a great intellectual treat summoned him to
Berlin. Alexander von Humboldt commenced his
lectures on physical cosmography on the 3rd Novem-
ber, 1827. The announcement sufficed to assemble
all the intellect of Berlin and its vicinity to lietir the
celebrated naturalist.
As he had before done in Paris, in the French lan-
guage, Alexander now, in his native tongue, gave the
rich fruits of his researches in physical cosmography
to the public, in a course of lectures delivered before a
select but numerous assemblage. He enchanted his